Dance for Parkinsonís Celebrates One Year

Award-winning community program combines the power of dance and live music to combat Parkinson's Disease

Published Wednesday, October 10, 2018 10:00 am

October marks the one year anniversary for the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Dance for Parkinson’s Program. Led by the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA), Dance for Parkinson’s is a free community program hosted weekly at the New Orleans JCC for individuals with Parkinson’s, their caregivers, and loved ones.

“These specialized, weekly classes empower people with Parkinson’s disease to creatively explore movement and live music, all in a safe and welcoming environment,” said NOBA Education Coordinator Millette White.

Lead instructor Kelly Harp Haber brings her motto, “I believe movement heals,” to class every Wednesday. Guided by Kelly’s instruction and encouragement, Dance for Parkinson’s participants can forget about their condition, enjoy the company of others, and manage their symptoms through dance.

At the end of each class, participants form a circle, joining hands to pass good wishes to their fellow dancers. Many express how much Dance for Parkinson’s has helped improve their balance and their confidence.  As one participant said of the program, “I dance because my soul takes wings!”

NOBA will accept the Rosina K. Sapir Community Service Award as part of the annual Louisiana Walks for Parkinson’s event this month. Three NOBA instructors will also travel to Brooklyn, New York this month to complete advanced training for the program at the Mark Morris Dance Center, Dance for PD®’s flagship location.

Dance for Parkinson’s takes place every Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM. No dance experience is needed, and the class is free for individuals with Parkinson’s disease, their partners, caregivers, and friends. For more information or to register, contact Millette White at mwhite@nobadance.com or 504-522-0996 ext. 213.

 

EVENTS
NEWS
FITNESS CLASSES

Dance for Parkinsonís Celebrates One Year

October marks the one year anniversary for the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Dance for Parkinson’s Program at the New Orleans JCC. This award-winning program takes place every Wednesday with instruction from the New Orleans Ballet Association.

 

...

No Sukkah? No Problem!

 

With temperatures in the 90s, it is easy to forget that fall is here. Fortunately, we have the holiday of Sukkot to remind us that the harvest season has begun. There is no denying that sukkahs are awesome, but it can be challenging to find the space and time to build one. Here are some alternative ways to celebrate this holiday

 

...

New Recipes for the New Year

Rosh Hashanah - “head of the year”- commemorates the creation of the world. Traditionally, apples and honey are eaten to represent our hope for a sweet year of health and peace. Dipping apples in honey is delicious, and here are few creative recipe suggestions to help kick this duo up a notch.

...

National Coloring Book Day

We love to celebrate here at the JCC, and we also look for any opportunity to be creative. Join us for a coloring break in The Nosh of the Uptown JCC for National Coloring Book Day on August 2. We’ll have a table with crayons and JCC-themed coloring sheets. Can’t make it to the JCC? Download and print our coloring sheets. We’d love to see your artwork, so be sure to tag us and use hashtag #nojcc on social media!

...

More News

Today's Upcoming Classes